Originally Posted by bacon12
The biggest issue I think is that PC hardware advances so fast, and a top of the line graphics card alone costs more than the most expensive console.
There was a time when pc's shipped with specs that would run most any game nicely. That is no longer the case.
Actually I think that PC gaming is cheaper than ever.
There once was a time when you needed a high end $400 Voodoo card just to run Quake II at 50FPS at 800x600 16bit color with no AA/AF! There were no cheaper cards that would give you this experience, you had to shell out for a Voodoo.
Nowadays a $120 GTS 250 can run almost every game at high resolution with a low level of AA/AF.